December 23, 2012
Elder hits the ground running in new role
It takes some coaches more time than others to adjust when moving from, not only one school to another, but also from one position to the next. But, for new tight ends coach Mark Elder, that transition was seemingly an easy one, at least in part, because of his familiarity with his boss.
Starting with Butch Jones at Central Michigan and following him to Cincinnati, Elder knows what the new Tennessee head coach wants and because of his history with the staff, having done this before and having recruited Tennessee before, it made for a busy, yet not an overwhelming, first few weeks.
"That's been fast, very fast. I got a call on Saturday (Dec. 8) that I'm coming down and I got a call on Sunday say that I needed to pack permanently and so I had my wife throw in as much stuff in the bag as I possibly could because we had about an hour-and-a-half before we had to get to the airport to make our flight," Elder said Wednesday when meeting with the media for the first time.
"I came down on Sunday and we did recruiting all day Sunday, as far as watching film Sunday until late at night, until Monday morning. It's been a whirlwind, but it's been great."
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